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    September 7, 2010
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tonight on "world news," fanning the flames. that florida pastor vowing to burn the koran on 9/11. today, the pope called on him to stop. and we ask the pastor, what would jesus do? battle lines. a new poll with a surprising headline for the president. and two people with new ideas on jobs and american resilience. up in flames. child fires rage in california. men, women and memory. a landmark study on aging and staying sharper longer. and it's back to school. so, what's their number one wish for their new year?
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good evening to you on this first day back from labor day. and we begin with the global array of powerful leaders, from the pope to secretary of state clinton. asking a pastor of a tiny congregation in florida to stand down, saying his threat to burr a koran just four days from now on 9/11 endangers american soldiers and misrepresents who americans really are. will militant fundamentalist terry jones heed their worlds? terry moran flew to florida to ask him, in effect, what would jesus do. terry? >> reporter: well, diane, pastor terry jones was ordained a minister in california in the early 1970s. he had a church in germany for awhile. this church has been in financial difficulties and he's been a fringe player in the gainesville christian community. but with his plan to burn the
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koran, he has found a way to get worldwide attention. at the sunday morning service at the dove world outreach center, there were fewer than 30 worshippers, a tiny congregation among the world's 2 billion-plus christians. but pastor terry jones has led his little flock to the brink of what has become a global confrontation. >> it's time to stand up and do what we're doing. >> reporter: pastor jones says he will go forward with his plan to burn hundreds of korans, the holy book of a more than a billion muslims on september 11th. pastor, don't you even have a twinge of conscience about doing something like this? >> of course. of course. we have thought very much about it. we have prayed a lot about it. yes, it's one of the things that we think about all of the time. >> reporter: jones says the fbi, the department of justice and local law enforcement authorities in gainesville have
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all urged him not to go forward, but he won't listen. in afghanistan, general david petraeus warned that jones's actions could endanger u.s. troops. >> it puts our soldiers in jeopardy very likely. we've already seen a demonstration here in kabul just at the rumor that this event could take place. >> we understand that those concerns are valid. but the question that we have is, if we don't do it, when do we stop backing down? >> reporter: but even those christian leaders from the vatican to the southern baptists to evangelical leaders have condemned jones, he believes. christians sometimes ask what would jesus do. do you really this that jesus christ, if he were here today, would say, pastor, go burn that holy book. >> absolutely. >> reporter: he would say that? >> absolutely. >> reporter: now, despite the controversy, diane, pastor jones says he does have support among
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americans. he claims he's been sent more than 200 korans to burn here. >> well, terry, you talked about those in the community, the christian community, trying to appeal to him to stop. is there anybody else, do you think, who would get to him? >> reporter: well, you know, the christian community here in gainesville has really tried to rise up and answer this demonstration with a counter-demonstration right next door at the united myth dis church. but he strikes me as a person who has boxed himself into a corner. he does say he's prayering on this. general petraeus' words had an effect. he said if god sends him a clear message not to do it, he won't. but he told me he can't imagine god sending him that message. >> terry moran in florida. and i know you'll have a lot more of your report later tonight on "nightline." and, labor day is over, summer is in the rear view mirror. but americans hit with september -- in september with a tsunami of discontent. just eight weeks before election day.
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not only do 92% of americans say the economy is in bad shape now, 38% think it's getting worse. not better. and that's big trouble for the president. and his party. jake tapper is at the white house to lead us off on this tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. that's right. president obama faces a country that is increasingly skeptical of his ability to improve the economy. when air force one touches down in can cleveland, ohio, tomorrow, the president will be arriving in a state that continues to suffer. a borders in cleveland just announced it will close. near cincinnati, comair announced it will cut half its planes over two years, with more layoffs to come. there is anger and frustration here. >> i wish the president would create more jobs here in ohio. >> president obama is doing a terrible job at handling the economy. >> reporter: sentiments held nationally. according to the new abc news a record 57% of the public disapprove of the president's
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handling of the economy. for the first time, more say the president's policies have made the economy worse than better. hoping to combat that impression, the president in cleveland tomorrow will propose more ways to encourage economic growth. allowing businesses to write off 100% of their new investments in plants and equipment. permanently extending a research tax credit. on top of a $50 billion investment in more inf infrastructure. >> i don't think this is going to add up to a lot of jobs, when if economy needs it the most. >> reporter: the president points to republican opposition as evidence of their lack of ideas. >> if i said the sky was blue, they say no. if i said fish live in the sea, they say no. >> reporter: the public is also skeptical. only 32% believe the republicans will improve the economy. including keeping the bush tax
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cuts for everyone including those earning more than $200,000 a year. set to expire at the end of this year. >> if we propose in our stimulus plan earlier this session a 20% tax rate reduction for small businesses, and that's who we're going to ree lie on to create jobs. >> reporter: republicans say that the president's policies have created uncertainty, diane, which means businesses are not creating jobs. the white house says the new proposals are designed to create confidence and the white house accused republicans of rooting for failure. >> thanks, jake. we want to bring in george stephanopoulos now. >> reporter: the economy is the top line story here. but beneath that is, what had been holding the president up is how people feel about impersonal limb but you're starting to see a study slide there. the number of americans think that he's too liberal go way up. look at this number. does the president understand the problems of people like you? a steady slide since he took
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office in the beginning of 2009. white house aides know this is happening and they believe one of the answers to get the president out there in more venues like you say on monday. >> re-establish -- >> reporter: reconnection. >> we were talking earlier, in some sent s some sentense, this is equal opportunity, throw the bums out. >> reporter: we asked -- that's actually not the right graphic. the no is 58 percent. >> there you are. so, that is equal. but republicans are indicating they're going to come out in force, which may turn the tide? >> reporter: that is absolutely right. there's a big enthusiasm gap. if you look at registered voters, 47% republican, 45% democrat in the generic ballot for november. pretty close. but if you look at the voters most likely to two to the polls, it pops way up. republicans, 53%, democrats 40%. republicans are enthusiastic.
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democrats are not engaged right now. >> and time is getting short. thank you, george stephanopoulos. and also, on politics, one of the liveliest political duels tonight is taking place in nevada. the republican, a tea party surprise, blames the senate majority leader for that. but he accuses her of being a loose, very loose cannon, and jonathan karl joins us. >> reporter: well, diane, harry reid is the most powerful democrat in the senate. but his state has been hit harder than nil other in in country, and that's created a big opening for tea party favorite sharron angle. meet the new sharron angle. feisty as ever but looking more like a candidate who can topple the majority leader. >> i'm a main stream american, and main stream nevada understands that. >> reporter: for months, angle seemed to be running scared -- >> it's a simple question. >> reporter: -- even fleeing local tv cameras. no more. >> i know that we have a lot of
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press here, and they are going to want to ask some questions. >> reporter: now she's willing to explain her most controversial statements, including this one. >> we have home-born, home-grown enemies in our system. and i for one think we have some of those enemies in the walls of the senate and the congress. >> yes. i think you're right, bill. reporter: do we have enemies of the country in the halls of congress? >> well, certainly, people who pass these kinds of policies, obamacare, cap and trade, stimulus, bailout -- they're certainly not friends to the free-market system. >> reporter: so, what are they? >> they're not friends. >> reporter: the central strategy of the reid campaign is simple. portray sharron angle as just plain crazy. in a barrage of attack ads, reid uses angle's own words against her. now angle is firing back. >> harry reid's dragged nevada down to perhaps its lowest point ever. and he wants to call me an extremist? >> reporter: senator reid told us he bears no responsibility
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for the sorry state of nevada's economy. >> you know that i had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. you know that i had nothing to do with these unemployment figures. in fact, i've worked hard to change them. >> reporter: while reid relies on his ads to do the talking, angle seems to be everywhere these days. getting plenty of unsolicited advices even about sarah palin. >> get palin down here, otherwise harry is going to kick your butt. i hate to say that, but get her down here. >> well, she endorsed me and she said she's ready. >> reporter: an interesting thought, but republicans now think angle is doing okay on her own. something else to look for in nevada. it's the only senate race where voters can check a box for none of the above. and diane, this race is so brutally negative that people think none of the above could get 5%, 6% or maybe more, in other words, more than enough to affect the outcome. >> well, that close. thank you, jon karl. good to have you up here
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tonight. and now, we turn to iraq, and the first american troops to die there since the end of u.s. combat operations one week ago. killed at the hands of an iraqi soldier in uniform, and dan harris is just back from iraq tonight, has been looking into it. >> reporter: good evening this shooting happened north of baghdad, where some american soldiers were meeting with some of their iraqi counterparts a fight broke out between an iraqi soldier and american soldier and the iraqi opened fire. the pentagon very quickly put out a statement tonight saying that this is an isolated incident. but you have to imagine that they know this is a potentially big problem because the main mission right now, as you know, for the americans in iraq right now is to train iraqi soldiers to take over security. but if they can't trust who they are training, it makes the mission complicated. >> you have talked to anybody in iraq about this? >> reporter: a general told me he had a meeting to discuss this issue of trust tonight. >> and how do they address it after this?
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>> reporter: they talk it through. and he remains confident the trust will stay intact. >> dan, thank you. and in colorado, the governor has just declared a state of emergency, as a fast-moving wild fire races out of control in the mountains west of boulder, doubling in just the past day. thousands of people have been forced from their homes, and firefighters are battling the blaze from the ground and the air. abc's clayton sandell is in boulder tonight. >> reporter: crewing are fighting a blaze that has grown to 11 square miles, while thousands of evacuated residents were fighting frustration. >> i got no new information that i didn't know last night. >> reporte >> reporter: bart costello could not get official information. >> not letting people up, are you? >> reporter: colorado's governor drove through the fire zone today.
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>> it is important right now for people to be patient. this is a volatile situation. >> reporter: it is also a situation that has hit firefighters close to home. >> we had nine volunteer firefighters lose their homes last night. >> reporter: the winds on the fire line are much calmer than they were yesterday and that's allowed air tankers and helicopters to fight this blaze from the air. today, bart costello found out his home was safe. >> does not look like my house is on fire. i can see smoke behind it. but it seems further away. it looks like it's the next ridge back. >> reporter: he's lucky, for now. but this is a fire that is still out of control, and growing. clayton sandell, abc news, boulder. and still ahead on "world news," who is more likely to suffer memory loss in old age? a new study on men, women and memory. and, what if every company hired just one more person? the man going door to door, then ty this. new and improved freestyle lite®
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how are you? and i'll say, ah, well, i'm fine, you know, and act like i know who it is. >> reporter: he was one of 2,000 men and women over the age of 70 who took part in the study. the mayo clinic found 19% of the men suffered from mild cognitive impairment compared to 14% of the women. mild cognitive impairment, or mci, is significant forgetfulness, but not severe enough to interfere with daily life. >> this was a surprising finding to us. >> reporter: what also makes these new findings so surprising is that women are more likely than men to get alzheimer's. fortunately, for leif, his wife's memory is still intact. >> i try to remember to ask him, daily, morning and evening, if he has taken his medication. >> reporter: doctors aren't sure why men are experiencing this memory loss more than women, but they're looking very closely at a possible clue. heart disease. >> when we look at the men who have mild cognitive impairment,
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the price of coffee beans hit a 13-year high today. $1.90 a pound, up 41% since june, in part because of reduced harvest and production. folgers and dunkin' donuts coffee sold in grocery stores up 10%. and as we all know, it's the bane of any hospital patient, as jack nickelson made clear in the movie "something's got to give." the hospital gown that opens in the back. today word that diane von furstenberg has helped to create a new robe for the cleveland clinic that features a wrap dress, ties on the side. the hospital says it's more comfortable and dignified. and, on this labor day, it's back to school from coast to coast. the annual right of passage, as children return, filled with hopes and dreams. >> my hope for this year is getting straight a's because i promised i would. >> i have a dream of being the
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most successful person in all of fourth grade. >> that our classroom gets a lot of balls so we have a good recess outside and there's no bullies. >> and we hope their dreams are all fulfilled. and by the way, one thing they all said is, they want new friends this year. when we return, seeking a solution to the jobs crisis. what if every small business in america hired just one more person for awhile? nighttime nasal congestion meant, i couldn't breathe right.
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and and finally tonight, what if we poll together one place all the innovative ideas for creating jobs? arianna huffington just wrote a faltering in this economy. and about 3 million or more are 2010. >> reporter: foreclosures on mortgages. you think it should be required that everyone be negotiated? >> we need to help people in the middle class who are losing
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their homes. >> reporter: you don't think there will be a wave of people sho shouting, it's just not fair, i scrape and saved to make my mortgage payment. >> there's a lot that's happening that's not fair. but i feel that's something that, in the end, is going to have a positive impact on every community and the whole country. >> reporter: arianna huffington's new book is called "third world america." and on her website, she's been gathering innovative solutions to keep that third world from >> it's one person's idea, like, that's what i love. it's like, somebody imagined that, and is making it happen. >> reporter: one solution we self-made millionaire who is going door to door in philadelphia, asking every small business to hire one more emp y employ employee, just for six months. he says if 10% of businesses do that, one half million people will be employed.
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spend. >> reporter: so far, he's undaunted, though he's got only one signature, a carpet company. we are in the united states. for what we are in the united >> reporter: just one person, you think you can pay it forward that way? >> yes, i totally believe you can pay it forward. truth is that democracy's not a spectator sport. when people take action, it's the greatest antidote to despair. >> the rest of the interview is on abcnews.com and give us your ideas. we hope you had a great holiday, a great labor day and it's wonderful to have you back with us again. see you tomorrow.
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